Hagan going forward ‘not as an elected US senator’

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan says there’s still much work ahead to help North Carolina residents, but she won’t be trying to go back to Washington for another six-year term to do it.

The Greensboro Democrat released a statement Wednesday confirming she would not attempt to challenge Republican incumbent Sen. Richard Burr next year. A person familiar with Hagan’s situation told The Associated Press of her decision Tuesday night.

Hagan lost her seat to Thom Tillis in 2014. She wrote on her campaign’s Facebook page that her position “going forward is as a citizen of our great state and not as an elected U.S. senator.”

The decision opens the door for other Democrats to consider a bid. State Treasurer Janet Cowell reaffirmed Wednesday her decision to run for re-election.

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